Flat Feet and Running Can Go Together

Running with Flat FeetSeptember is just around the corner, and that means the annual Austin Ziker Relays are almost here! On Friday, September 5 from 6 to 10 PM, grab your running shoes and three companions to each run a 2.5 mile leg of this 10-mile run, followed by music and festivities inside the park on Lou Neff.

Don’t worry if you have flat feet—you don’t have to miss out on the fun! Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists explain how to safely run despite your lack of arch.

Yes, it’s true that your condition makes you more prone to getting injured. Flat feet can cause overpronation, meaning your feet roll too far inward with each step. Without the proper precautions, this can lead to overuse injuries ranging from ankle issues to shin splints. What you need is some support, and we’re not talking about a group of applauding fans! We’re talking orthotic inserts. Slipping some in your running shoes will provide extra support and added oomph for your arch and ankle, as well as help correct your overpronating problem.

You have to have the right shoes, though. Be sure to choose a pair with lots of stability and firm midsoles. Stay away from too much cushioning and too little support.

Next, avoid jogging on uneven surfaces. Flat terrain is best for flat feet!

In the meantime, try this strengthening exercise: Sit in a chair and place a towel on the floor in front of you. Grasp the towel with your toes and pull it toward you. Reverse the motion and repeat 10 times.

You can easily run with flat feet with these helpful hints. So, sign your team up for the Ziker Relays now and go on out and have some fun!

For more foot care tips, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX. You can live an active life despite your lack of arch! Call (512) 328-8900 to learn more.

Photo Credit: Sura Nualpradid via freedigitalphotos.net

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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